his past Christmas was a little different for me. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to afford a plane ticket home, which meant that I missed out on the timeless family tradition of decorating the Christmas tree while blasting the Spice Girl’s rendition of Sleigh Ride in the background (a classic for those who’ve never heard it
). Instead, I found myself with my roommate’s family in Valderros – a Spanish village of 300 people where they celebrated a rather unique Christmas tradition.
It’s called La Matanza, and it involved the killing of four pigs. This may seem like a brutal tradition, but in comparison with the animals I saw at Primark trampling over each other in a consumer frenzy, it felt right at home with the holiday spirit.